Lady Faie's Musings and Ponderings
"My students are going to be so beautiful in their new Painted Lady fashions! 

The skirts that Lady Faie created are absolutely stunning.   She cuts all of the fabric and sews each skirt herself so that everyone has the right length and hip size for them.  Then she hand dyes each one in GORGEOUS color combinations.  Plus all of her dyes are synthetic so I never have to worry about needing to ask if each color contains animal derived ingredients. 

She is also the absolute sweetest and most wonderful person to work with and her prices are incredible for the amount of work she puts into creating each piece. She books up quick though so if you want to order one (and I highly recommend it!) get yourself on the wait list now! Lady Faie, thank you so much for our gorgeous new costumes!"

~Sahina, 2018

Lady Faie's Musings and Ponderings

Organic & Sustainable Fabrics

by Lady Faie on 05/22/19

We have just secured natural and organic cotton fabrics for our most popular fashions...skirts, choli, pantaloons, wraps and a beautiful stripe hemp fabric for Ghawazee Coats!


As expected, it is far more expensive that our current supply of non-organic cotton.  But we wanted to offer it to our customers at cost!  That means, all you pay is the difference between what I usually pay for the fabric and the organic.  For a 25 yard skirt, it would be $40 more.  For a choli, it would be only $6 more.  

Luckily, the stripe hemp falls within our standard fabric allowance for our coats and other fashions.  

These fabrics are organically grown and processed.  They are from sustainable resources.  We are also dye testing sustainable cotton jersey for the stretchy choli everyone loves!

Why are we so determined to find better sources for our fabrics?  Take a look at this eye-opening documentary:  https://youtu.be/5oTbgSVu7Nw

Hair Wear

by Lady Faie on 05/15/19

We all have bad hair days and days that you just don't want to do a thing with your hair at all.  And who doesn't love a hot rockabilly style?!  Then there's us Tribal Belly Dancers!!!  


What do all these have in common?  Scarves worn on your head!

Having short hair that sometimes just does not like me in the morning, and always struggling with what to do for stage performances that will look exotic and flattering, I have continuously looked for different ways to cover my head and hair.

Through my years creating fashions for Painted Lady, I discovered that my favorite cotton is perfect for head wraps that stay in place!  I started dyeing them to match the Tribal Skirts I created and voila!  Lots of color, texture and opportunities to decorate my head!

I also researched for books and videos that would help me create different looks using scarves of all shapes and sizes. 

One of my favorite books is "Headwraps, A Global Journey" by Georgia Scott.  The cover photo alone is inspiring not only for the wrap but also the face paint!  Both ideal for Tribal Belly Dance.  It is full of history, culture, photos and examples.  Unfortunately, it doesn't show you how to create the look.

I found two lovely artists on YouTube that gives clear instructions on many great ethnic and fun styles:  



I also found a wonderful video dedicated to a woman getting ready to start chemo:


And here's a couple of cute, everyday instructionals for shorter hair:  



These are not the only resources, but it will get you started on your journey discovering your favorite wraps.

Painted Lady provides beautiful dyed-to-match 2.5 yard or 48" square cotton scarves with all Tribal Essentials Bundles.  These are a part of our "No Waste" program to minimize the impact we have on our environment.  Take a look at our Revivacious Program:



You can also purchase our wraps and scarves in any shape and size and have them dyed as you like.  Take a look in our Tribal Essentials Showroom here:  

Sustainable Fashion

by Lady Faie on 05/05/19

The fashion industry is rated one of the highest polluters of the world from growing to processing to manufacturing to landfills.  Painted Lady has always been conscious of the problem and from the earliest years, strived to keep our impact low.

But what is sustainable fashion?  What is Slow Fashion versus Fast Fashion?  Is there anything we can do?

For more information and a real eye opener, please take the time to watch this documentary, "Blood, Sweat and Tshirts".  Stacey Dooley is an amazing person and has done much work all over the world. You can find the full doc posted on YouTube, if you want to get the full impact.  It is a BBC TV documentary series from 2008 and filmed in India.  It was nominated for Best Factual Series in 2009 BAFTA Television Awards.  Warning:  it will make you cry.

https://youtu.be/5oTbgSVu7Nw

Another great doc on Fast Fashion and what it is, what it's doing and what it means.  Warning:  you'll discover the truth behind the hype, but you'll also be smarter about what is working.

https://youtu.be/elU32XNj8PM

It really comes back to us...the consumer...to make a difference.  Here's what we can do: 

  • Buy higher quality clothing that will last for years rather than be unusable after one wearing or washing.
  • Replace the button or zipper or take it to an alteration shop to have it done.
  • Stained?  Faded?  Can it be dyed over?  There's a scene in "Shall We Dance" 2004 with Jennifer Lopez.  Her beautiful coat got stained and she had it dyed.
  • If it costs less than $10, there is someone paying for it.  Either sweatshop workers or designers taking a hit from big department stores that markdown their merchandise and deduct it from the designer's paycheck.  We all love bargains, but it can be too good to be true.  See this doc for more info:  https://youtu.be/f8cyvpJYZlk
  • Hand it down or throw a "Closet Party" at home or online or let Painted Lady post it on our website. Garage sales are also options, especially if you have a community that bands together on weekends to attract larger crowds.

 

Painted Lady is dedicated to make a difference.  Currently many of our designs are near zero waste, meaning we cut our designs using nearly all of the fabric with no piles or boxes of scraps left over and very little going into the dumpster...a yard out of 100 yards is all.  

Further, we discovered while taking out what little waste material…thin strips of fabric about 1/8-1/4” width…to the dumpster that we had dropped a few strands.  Doubling back to pick it up a redheaded house finch flew in and snatched it up before I could get there.  A little research online about providing safe nesting materials for wild birds, we found the best way to prep our “waste” or the good of the next generation of our favorite local birds.  Are you interested in helping your local feathered friends?  Let us know and we’ll send you the washed cotton strips from the production of your purchase when we ship your order so you can leave it out for them.  We’re going to the birds…and squirrels…and we love spreading the love! **Birdie Bag**

We also practice as much environmental, social and recyclable practices we can while providing beautiful artisan made fashions made especially for you.  We haven’t been able to eliminate all waste, but we have researched and modified our production to create the least amount of impact on all phases of life and resources.

Our dyes are synthetic and not subject to animal byproducts. We chose the synthetics because so many dyes are animal/bug sourced and some of the mordants used to fix the dyes are highly toxic, and I don't want to risk my own health, let alone my clients.

For fabrics we use cotton mostly…it’s sustainable to a degree, and though it does produce manufacturing and agricultural impact, we are continuously looking for affordable sources to reduce it even more.  We considered organic, but it uses much more water, and living in the desert, we respect that.  Another common fabric we use is linen,which is similar in growth and processing as cotton.  

We have considered bamboo, but though sustainable, the processing of the material into fabric is far more toxic to the environment.  There’s pros and cons to the sources we have chosen, but it is our commitment to learn more, search more and continue to do our very best to take care of our planet and our people as much as possible.

Our best practices to reduce the impact to world resources is TRUE Refurbishing, Upcycling, Redemption and Bequeathing:

 

  • Refurbishing--a service we provide to all Painted Lady clients to mend and restore their Painted Lady fashions.  This is a free service during the first year after purchase for any normal wear and tear, dye fading within reason and obvious manufacture defects.  If you've loved your item/s a little hard and longer than normal...well...we can help there, too, with minimal fees to restore the item/s...see "Upcycling".
  • Upcycling--giving an old, tired garment new life with new colors or new design altogether.  There are minimal fees to restore or completely alter the item/s if necessary.
  • Redemption--let us pass it on to someone for you!  Trade in your old, tired, or outdated Painted Lady garments for credit on new ones, and we'll Refurbish or Upcycle it for resale or rental...yes, I said rental!
  • Non-Painted Lady Redemption, AKA "Lady Faie's Closet"--this is for those classic fashions that just don't work for you anymore.  Let us hold the party and donate, resell, refurbish or upcycle it for you.  You can either consign it with us or donate it for the cause.
  • Bequeathing--this one is up to you, our client, to hand your Painted Lady fashions on to friends and family.  They will have the same benefits of the Revivacious Program, but they will need our clothing label and hang tag or approval from Lady Faie after verification of the product.  And if you don't know anyone, refer back to "Redemption" for both Painted Lady and non-Painted Lady fashions.

 “Your favorite outfit should last for decades and never go out of style.”—Lady Faie

Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention March 4-6 2016

by Lady Faie on 02/26/16

It's that time again for the largest Western-style Steampunk Convention in the United States! https://www.wildwestcon.com/


And what a wonderful setting!  Held at Old Tucson, a historic film location built in 1939 by Columbia Pictures, home to over 300 movies and supporting not only the film industry but also the re-living and ambiance of the "old west".  http://oldtucson.com/

The annual Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention, now on it's fifth year and no relation to the movie of the same name, has been awarded Best Regional Steampunk Convention.

Often attended by the likes of  Abney Park, Kato, Doc Phineas, Steampunk Boba Fett, and Loop Rawlings.  The historic styled buildings, entertainment, hands-on workshops, hundreds of patrons dressed in their creative costumes, and shopping will satisfy any Victorian/Edwardian Sci-Fi enthusiast.

Learn New Languages Free!

by Lady Faie on 02/23/16

Learn languages by playing a game and it's 100% free!


You can learn as many as 27 languages from Dutch to Welsh, including Klingon!!!

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